S’pore nabs Islamic terror mastermind

Associated Press

Singapore, April 22:

Singapore authorities said today they arrested an alleged member of the al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group, accusing him of plotting an attack in the city-state. Jahpar Osman was arrested yesterday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a brief statement.

“Jahpar had been a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah organization since the mid-1990s.” “He underwent military training in Mindanao where he was trained in weapons-handling and bomb-making,” the ministry said. “He was also involved in discussions by the JI to carry out terrorist attacks against Singapore,” it said, without elaborating. Singapore, a close ally of Washington, has since 2001 arrested nearly 40 alleged Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists. All the arrested persons are accused of hatching plots to blow up the US Embassy, a US naval base and other Western targets here.